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“A bit isolated and not so much to see inside, but Michelangelo's Moses statue is really nice!”

San Pietro in Vincoli
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Owner description: This 5th-century church features Michelangelo's sculpture of Moses that adorns the incomplete tomb of Pope Julius II.
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“A bit isolated and not so much to see inside, but Michelangelo's Moses statue is really nice!”
Reviewed March 28, 2012

What we like about the San Pietro church is obviously the statue of Moses. Unfortunately, they keep it quite dark in the church, forcing people to put 50 cent Euro coins into a machine that will light up the statue for about 30-45 seconds. Its usually not a problem as visitors happily queue up to pop one coin after another into that little machine. I think we counted 8 or 9 in a row during his last visit to San Pietro.

Because of the very low light conditions, its almost critical for the light to be turned on for you to get decent photographs of Michelangelo's masterpiece.

The chain's used to shackle St. Peter are also on display here. There is a lovely " Miracle of the Chains" ceiling fresco within the church as well as a spooky but interesting Grim Reaper wall mural that is well worth checking out.

Like many churches, San Pietro, closes its doors during the middle of the day and is only open for visitation from 9.30-12pm and then again from 3.30-6.30pm. So you have to plan your visit here accordingly to insure that you don't make the effort to find the church only to discover that its closed for the afternoon.

San Pietro is quite isolated and not particularly close to other important attractions. However, its not too far from the Colosseum and Forum attractions and is probably best to combine with these attractions.

From the Colosseum, its a bit difficult making your way to San Pietro, we found it best to just find Via Cavour and walk in the direction of the station, you'll soon see a small side street, with upward steps. Via Di S. Francesco Di Paola, that leads to the Piazza San Pietro where you find the church.

From the Cavour Metro station, its a quick walk down to Via Cavour and then just walk up the small steps and small underpass that leads to the Piazza San Pietro, this is the same Via Di S. Francesco Di Paola, mentioned above.

Overall, there isn't much to see at San Pietro, especially by Rome church standards and the church is quite isolated, out of the way of other attractions. However, if you are a Michelangelo fan than this is probably a place you want to add to your to do list while in Rome.

Visited February 2012
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“Amazing Michelangelo Statue of Moses”
Reviewed March 26, 2012

This little church tucked away just minutes from the Colosseum is definitely worth seeking out. There is no charge to see one of Michelangelo's most awe inspiring sculptures. If no one does so while you are there, please "donate" the 1/2 a euro into the lighting of the Moses sculpture which makes this amazing work of art appear to come to life. At the center of the alter are the chains that held St. Peter captive are also on display making this visit and absolute must!

Visited March 2012
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“Very interesting.”
Reviewed March 24, 2012

Was very interested the the evolution of "Moses" and seeing the actual chains was very moving...

Visited March 2012
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Reviewed March 24, 2012

Those steps from the via Cavour are many but when you arrive to the church it is totally worth the experience when you view that Statue of Michaelangelo. At the age of 70 the church having a problem with its dome development and architecture this artist once again was called to help. There is no fee to enter the church. The outside vendors of merchandise are actually cheaper than other places. Then you follow the large alley and arrive to the Coliseum.

Visited March 2012
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“Very impressive Michelangelo!”
Reviewed March 22, 2012

Not very far from the Collosium, it is well worth the trip to this tiny chapel to see the very impressive Michelangelo sculpture of St. Peters!

Visited September 2011
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